Incumbent Assemblymember Mike Miller will now have a challenger for the 38th District, forcing a September 13 Democratic primary.
Etienne David Adorno, a 27-year-old Woodhaven native, announced on July 16 that he is running for the assembly seat, which Miller won in a 2009 special election.
“On September 13, 2012, I will be running in one of the most important primary elections we have ever seen in our days,” Adorno said during his announcement at the pedestrian plaza on Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway. “Winning the primary election in September will send a message to all, that come the general election in November, we will not only win, but also be taking the first steps to creating a more unified community.”
Adorno is a resident member of The Woodhaven Residents Block Association and Community Board 9. He most recently served as an aide to Manhattan Councilmember Robert Jackson.
Among the issues Adorno said he would work on if elected were safety and the cost of living.
“After all the years living here, I have witnessed so many of my closest friends move out of the area and others out of New York,” he said. “We need to change this, and ensure that we strengthen our middle class and reduce many of the tax burdens we impose on them.”
Miller said he’s confident going into the election.
“I look forward to campaigning against him,” he said, adding that he believed his record of serving the community over the last three years would help. “I feel very confident.”